Randy Bergquist, Osakis Public Schools superintendent
During the time of year when we think about doing things for others, I wanted to reflect on that same concept we sometimes struggle with as parents. From the time our children are born, we are programmed to take care of them and meet their every need. As they grow up and are able to do more on their own, we sometimes struggle with letting our children learn how to be more independent. We are still in the mindset of "protecting" our children from everything.
With the changing of the seasons, Osakis School District will more than likely have some weather related announcements that may affect the school day and/or evening activities. From time to time, schools will have to make a decision about late starts, early outs, and/or closings. The decision on weather related announcements is not taken lightly. There are many factors that are involved in this type of decision and I realize no matter what decision is made, someone will not be happy.
Educational financing in Minnesota is very complicated. Every December, the Minnesota House of Representatives Fiscal Analysis Department publicizes an 82 page document titled "Financing Education In Minnesota." This large document breaks the following topics into specific categories and summarizes each one of them: General Education Program Revenue, K-12 Categorical Programs, Family and Early Childhood Categorical Programs, Property Taxes, and Finances.
I am often asked, as the school year ends, what I will do with all the time off in the summer.
Osakis High School students are given the opportunity to start their college careers early because we offer College in the High School (CIHS) classes. Altogether, students can earn up to 60 college credits while still in high school without ever leaving OHS. They earn these credits through several colleges, among them the University of Minnesota, M State Fergus Falls, and Alexandria Technical and Community College. To qualify for CIHS, students must have a 3.0 GPA (for U of M classes) or pass the Accuplacer test.
Osakis Public Schools is proud of its students, staff and community, and only want what is best for all educational stakeholders. The Osakis School Board has adopted a strategic plan, which includes a mission statement and five goal areas. The mission statement is: To engage and support all students in building a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and character. To help achieve the mission statement, the following goal areas have been adopted. The strategic plan is a "roadmap" of what Osakis Public Schools will work to accomplish in the years to come.